My vision is blurred, my speech is slurred, my body aches, and I cannot seem to stop throwing up. Am I describing the aftermath of a great night out? Nope.
Over 2.7 million Canadians suffer from migraines, with the number of patients increasing exponentially each year (Statistics Canada, 2014). According to the World Health Organisation, approximately 40% of women across the globe are prone to migraine attacks, making it the second most common non-fatal cause of disability amongst women.
NICE UK (2013, p. 1) defines a migraine as “a severe recurrent headache often associated with nausea, and sensitivity to light & sound. It is often preceded by an ‘aura’, involving visual, verbal, and olfactory disturbances”. Studies indicate that about 27% of Canadians suffering from migraines report that it hinders their daily activities, with 53% claiming that it prevents them from driving (CBC News, 2014). 76% complain that it obstructs their ability to gain a good night’s sleep. Additionally, patients of migraine are twice as likely to suffer from depression or anxiety down the line (Buse et al., 2010).
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) is a Health Canada (2005) approved treatment offering hope for migraine sufferers. This non-invasive, gentle process involves delivering a magnetic pulse to the scalp, to stimulate under-active brain cells to function more efficiently. Administered either during or in between migraine attacks, TMS is proven to prevent the onset of migraines, or stop/reduce their severity (NICE UK, 2013).
Studies indicate that 98% of patients suffering from medically-resistant migraine, experienced over 50% decrease in headache frequency & severity, functional disability, and the need for rescue drugs such as pain-killers, after only a week of repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS). Over a third of patients who availed of rTMS, reported sustained pain-free response up to 24 hours post session, with considerable improvement in associated symptoms (NICE UK, 2013).
So before you reach for that Advil, contact us on 587-860-1880 for a free consultation, and an opportunity to avail long-term relief from your symptoms.
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